THE SLING AND THE ARROW by Stuart Engstrand

THE SLING AND THE ARROW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From earlier historical novels, to They Sought for Paradise (Harper, 1939) and Spring 1940 (Doubleday, 1941) which were markedly concerned with physical love, this preoccupation maturates here in a full blown novel of sexual perversion, and doesn't miss a chance to fictionalize- feverishly- psychosexual performance. This is the story of Herbert Dawes, California dress designer, who unconsciously tries to kill his wife, Lonna, and is revealed to be a latent homosexual, and whose split personality-half- male- half female- leads him through a fairly tortured pursuit of a chippie (voyeurism here), to nervous hysteria and the crippling of an arm, to his taking up of a woman's work, and finally to his murder of Lonna, his attempt to escape disguised in woman's clothes... A sensational exploitation of scientific case history material, this is unnecessary.

Pub Date: April 30th, 1947
Publisher: Creative Age